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Myrlak v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Citation:157 N.J. 84, 723 A.2d 45 (1999)
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John Myrlak is 43 years old, six feet, six inches tall, and 325 pounds. He works for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. On July 6, 1991, he was injured when the chair he was sitting in at work suddenly collapsed after sitting in it for approximately one hour and forty-five minutes. He heard a loud crack, and the back of the chair cracked and gave way. As he was falling backwards in the chair, he grabbed the arms of the chair and attempted to stop the fall, but was unsuccessful. As a result of the fall, he injured his lower back and was hospitalized. Subsequently, he filed suit against his workplace and the manufacturer of the chair, Girsberger, alleging both a manufacturing defect and a failure to warn.
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